November 2012

Yesterday, I got out of the house late and as such had not made the pot of the nectar of the Gods. (My dad’s name for coffee) I went to the golden arches to imbibe a cup. Their menus have changed. We are now greeted with calorie counts of each item in two levels. I guess the idea is: once the information is available, consumers will pick better choices for their health, or something similar to that. OK. I can play. If information available helps consumers make better choices, let’s apply that to media and political critters. Every time one of them appears on TV, a scroll of the reporter shows the latest contributions they have made as well as their policy statements. Under the congress critters and other political critters, a scroll shows all of their positions on the issue in question as well as the campaign contributors who would benefit from *whatever* legislation is pending. Cool. Then we could make better choices. I could live with that.


I have another incident, but this time it was propagated by Yahoo on their signin page where I go for e-mail. The subline stated “the fiscal cliff is just an arbitrary point which will be negotiated and reset at another point.” At least I hope that is close to the quote. Anyways, I saw that and several thoughts started to churn. The most coherent one rose to the top to announce, “Does the litigant say to the bankruptcy judge, this is just an arbitrary point in time” while all the creditors are outside the door waiting? Maybe we should just call this situation what it really is – we, as a country, are bankrupt. We have no money for what the congress critters want to do. Period. Apply the correct term and I bet the debate would change.

There is a psychological disorder called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is caused by some traumatic event and creates disturbing thoughts, feelings, impressions, and reactions of unknown origin. The most dramatic representation of this is the reliving of the event, which utilized in movies is actually the least of the instances of this disorder. (I had a college professor who did a dissertation on treatment of individuals having PTSD, of course, had marked opinions about the best approach.) The origin of this is usually well known as it is associated with a particular time and place, even when the representations are diffuse. Tthe point on which I want to rest is that once the event occurs, life has changed.

There are certain experiences which, once had, render the individual unable to occupy the position of ignorance or the ability to return to the state of mind prior to that event. Loss of limb, 18-wheeler run over your car, laughing child try to stop you from breathing, each of these renders the person different and forces a new approach in life. For those looking on, individuals show good adaptation, poor acceptance, or maybe adoption of addictive habits as a means of “dealing with” the uncontrollable situation. I have many times heard admiration expressed for children who have coped with debilitating diseases with courage and hope for whatever may come next. They have known little else, and why not hope? That is what they’re told is the purpose of all the treatments and procedures they endure.

There are individuals who are in the latter group, ignorant of “normal” life and participating in what they have been told is natural. Women. Here is a group who have been instructed that the men in their lives are lazy, incompetent, similar to children, sex-crazed, unreliable, and sadly some have real life experience to substantiate those impressions. For them, a wonderful relationship with a spouse is already in doubt as their starting point has been bathed in negatives by this culture. I have an appreciation for shows from the ’50’s. Then, the man had some wisdom and was responsible for his house. I haven’t heard or seen of any show recently showing something similar. Is there any place where this woman may experience a decent relationship of respect and love going between a man and woman? In all their interactions, there is an unspoken, unseen background feeling that something may go wrong, be incorrect, have to be fixed, not be finished, as that is the starting point reinforced with each sit-com, movie, and broadcast. Incidents occurring in normal interactions may provide the points of time that substantiate the background impressions.

Let’s consider the men for a moment. How would any of you like growing up being told that because of the fact that you are male – a trait which was completely out of the individual’s control, you are lazy, incompetent, similar to children, sex-crazed, unreliable, and considered a child abuser. On that last point, I was in a meeting at a church when the insurance company’s edicts were read and noted one: a man was not allowed in the nursery, because of child abuse. He may change his own child’s diaper and was required to leave the area. The single trait over which he had no control labeled him a “child abuser” with no evidence whatsoever.

How are one’s behaviors affected by those impressions? Better, how much better would one’s interactions be if there were not the background impression that the male is going to be a disappointment? How much better would be the interaction if Ephesians 5:33 were followed: However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

This is one reason I have avoided television and am watching fewer and fewer movies. I can tell you from experience that now when I see one, the presentations are so much more acute it substantiates my desire to see less. That is my approach to this situation.

From Here.

They are wrong. It is important to be good, upright and moral. But for as long as the bad guys have power, it is they who will have glamor and obtain the votes of those who are attracted to it.

We may do well to add some flair to the substantive arguments to catch those without deeper consideration of issues.

Old Aviators and Old Airplanes….

I had a most productive pleasant day, and it had nothing to do with shopping. In fact, I did not leave the house. No crowds. No trampling. No fighting for the last box of *whatever*. Down right pleasant. Though, the level of production more than made up for the difference sales would have provided. Let’s back up for a moment and note that spouseinbox and I are at the in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. This is a couple for which finding something for Christmas is always a challenge as they are well set up in their abode. Both of their garage door openers died and that left me an idea. How about an early Christmas present? Spouseinbox agreed to the idea and then we ran it past the parents in question. Once I figured out that both were dead, we agreed to work on one so at least one of their doors would work. Yea! One Christmas present done. When we arrived here, it was asked if there was a possibility to combine the two broken openers and create a single working one as the broken parts were diverse. I took off one of the units and pulled it apart to discover that the gear would indeed be available with the removal of the split pin through the shaft. The second opener had a chewed up gear and performing the same task allowed the gear to take up its place and solve the problem on the second unit. That left adjustment and mounting the new opener we picked up from the local retail outlet.
I worked on the newly fixed old unit first, and with adjustment got it working, and then turned attention to the new install. This fit on the old wall bracket, but was slightly longer, and the ceiling railings were extended to accommodate the new length. The old eyes worked on the new unit, though the push-button wire had to be replaced and once adjustments were done, we had two working garage doors. Total time 5 hours. Total savings – one opener plus two installs. I think that more than made up for any black-Friday sales offered. πŸ™‚

(Try to find where Washington was deistic or atheistic)

from here.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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